The Evidence

The British Acupuncture Website has brought factsheets together the evidence surrounding the efficacy of Acupuncture to access this click here or see individual conditions below.

Acupuncture no longer “alternative” medicine

There is a strong and ever growing scientific evidence base for acupuncture, such that it is becoming increasingly established as mainstream in medical circles and is now seldom referred to as “alternative”. For example, a British Medical Association (BMA – the professional association and registered trade union for doctors in the UK) review concluded that “Acupuncture should become more widely available on the NHS and family doctors should be trained in some of its techniques.” See this link for the British Medical Journal article about the review >BMJ link

The scientific evidence base for acupuncture is strong and its efficacy beyond placebo is well established for many conditions. For some years now, NICE (which advises the NHS on what treatments to use) has recommended that GPs prescribe acupuncture instead of medication for certain conditions.

In their 2003 report about the clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture, The World Health Organisation identified 28 conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment, and 72 conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown in preliminary trials where bigger studies are now needed. WHO link .

HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!! Australian acupuncture review finds evidence of effect in 117 out of 122 conditions report link


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